Ok, so there’s been a big debate lately about people taking prescription medications for mental health. While I understand both sides, I have to admit that from personal experience I am in favor of taking medications. At first I wasn’t, to be honest. Medications for stable mental health scared me. I was scared that I wouldn’t be my true self, that I’d be in a mind fog of sorts. Unable to unleash my true personality. But after being on the medication for a short time, I realized that it was really helping me. The people close to me even informed me that I was less anxious, I was able to articulate my thoughts in a clear manner, and I had less breakdowns (if any). It was a fact I couldn’t deny, the meds were helping, and I was better off with them.
Now even though I know that these various medications help me and they allow me to be a happier version of myself, I still feel a pang of shame to admit that I have a medication regiment. It’s looked down upon by most. Which I find devastating. One of the arguments is that everyone should choose natural methods to cure mental stability. Whether that’s creating a dependable workout routine to relieve stress, the ingestion of natural herbs and elixirs, or more traditional methods like reading or journaling. Before visiting the psychiatrist for help, I tried all of these things, and then some. But nothing helped. Sure I felt less tension after a run on the treadmill, but I was still as anxious as ever. It took me a while to admit that I needed help.
So with a little convincing from my husband, I confessed to my therapist that I needed something to help relieve my anxiety and depression. He referred me to a psychiatrist who ran down the list of my options and answered all of my questions and addressed all of my concerns. It took a lot of discussion about my life and my experiences in order for us to nail down which medications would be ideal for me to try. It wasn’t something that we just jumped into. It took a lot of planning, research and discussions. They started me on a low dose of prozac for depression and anxiety, and risperdal for night terrors. I’ll admit, the first time I took these medications, I did feel like I was in a fog. I felt tired and fatigued but also less anxious. After a few weeks the fatigue subsided and I no longer felt like I was in a fog. I felt like I could be my true self. No longer hindered by my anxiety or held back by depression. I could live my life, hang out with friends and my husband, I could laugh again and not be worried about anything and everything.
I’ve been on this medication for a little over a year now and won’t turn back. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, not only for myself but for my family, husband and friends.
Everyone is different. Maybe medication is the answer for you, maybe it’s not. I’m just here to let you know that it’s worth exploring.
How do you feel about taking medications for mental health? I’d love to hear your thoughts.